Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Brunch @ Brosia
Brosia is shaping up to be one of my fave places in the city. It opened last year in a flurry of new spots in Design District and almost got lost in the celeb-chef worship that came with Pacific Time and Fratelli yet it's managed to hold its own despite all that. The food is just good enough to warrant repeat visits. On any given night you'll find them hosting community networking events and happy hours and during Art Basel the courtyard is hopping with action.
The focus of today's post is their new Saturday brunch. Perks include live jazz and lots of enviable outdoor seating in that striking courtyard. Bloody Marys are $1 from 11am-12pm so there's incentive to get there early. We didn't make it there until after noon but each diner is greeted with a complimentary shot glass of the drink, a nice touch and one that'll prompt you to order a full glass once you've tasted its tangy tomatoey goodness. You can also nibble on the complimentary corn bread as you peruse the menu, so sweet and moist we asked for seconds.
The menu is typical brunch fare with a few creative flourishes thrown in along with the restaurant's stated Mediterranean mission. None of the dishes top $12 unless you opt for a burger or steak and eggs which are priced a bit higher. The buttermilk pancakes, though a bit crispy on the edges, come with lovely marinated cherries and toasted walnuts - no syrup necessary there. We also tried the Design District omelet, stuffed with spinach, onions, peppers and manchego cheese and came with a side of patatas bravas, hearty and filling as a great post-hangover feast.
It's easy to spend the good half of the day there, so accommodating is the staff and so pleasant is the setting. Saturday brunch is the new Sunday brunch. You heard here first.